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Heliocentric “Sun-centered” Astrology

Traditional astrology is geocentric “Earth-centered”, some astrologers have certainly considered using a heliocentric “Sun-centered” system ever since the Copemican revolution.

The argument in opposition to heliocentric astrology is that, since we are situated on Earth, we need to focus on Earth's connection to the other celestial bodies — a Sun-centered astrology would make sense only if we were born on the Sun.

This argument was convincing enough to prevent the emergence of a true heliocentric astrology until quite recently. The two factors behind this emergence were:

  • The discovery that scientists had found a parallel between sunspot activity and angles between the planets “the same fundamental aspects that are used in geocentric astrology” and...
  • The development of the personal computer, which made casting heliocentric horoscopes quite easy.
The heliocentric planets have the same meaning as when used geocentrically, although they are said to manifest their influence in a different manner.

This newer approach did not entirely overturn the older heliocentric system, so there are now at least two distinct heliocentric approaches, one purely heliocentric “but which does not reject the validity of a geocentric chart, using it only in an entirely separate phase of the operation”, and the other a mixed geo-helio approach in which the two charts are merged.

Most modern astrologers although not essentially opposed to helio-centric astrology, and have not integrated it into their procedure; largely because there is so many new methods that no one astrologer can possibly master them all.

The heliocentric perspective is just one tool among a multitude Hemisphere available to the astrological practitioner.

Many astrologers have adopted the attitude that really good astrologers are rare enough, so why not just stick to mastering the basics?

This argument has more than a little warrant. After all, if we accept Sun-centered astrology, why not also make use of the many insights that are almost certainly waiting to be discoved in a Moon-centered or a Saturn-centered or even an Eros-centered astrology?

If a heliocentric chart cast for one's birth time gives valid insights for a native of Earth, then it should be possible to apply the same principles to any planet or planetoid in the solar system.

Such contemplation has caused many astrologers to address heliocentric methods with apathy.

At the same time, the general availability of Astrology Software that include heliocentric arrangements as a standard option makes it virtually inevitable that the astrologers who buy them will research with these positions, resulting in more and more astrologers who use heliocentric or geo-helio charts.

As a result, the future of heliocentric astrology as an ongoing existence within the astrologers of the world seems guaranteed.

Sources:
Brau, Jean-Louis, Helen Weaver, and Allan Edmands. Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. New York: New American Library, 1980.
Davis, T. Patrick. Revolutionizing Astrology with Heliocentric. Windermere, Fla.: Davis Research Reports, 1980.
Sedgwick, Philip. The Sun at the Center: A Primer of Heliocentric Astrology. Saint Paul, Minn.: Llewellyn Publications, 1990.

Nicolaus Copernicus “1473 - 1543”
Polish astronomer who advanced the theory that the Earth and other planets revolve around the Sun “the "heliocentric" theory”. This was highly controversial at the time, since the prevailing Ptolemaic model held that the Earth was the center of the universe, and all objects, including the sun, circle it.

The Ptolemaic model had been widely accepted in Europe for 1000 years when Copernicus proposed his model. “It should be noted, however, that the heliocentric idea was first put forth by Aristarcus of Samos in the 3rd century B.C., a fact known to Copernicus but long ignored by others prior to him.”

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Use by NASA engineers of the Space Shuttle scientists use a form of heliocentric astrology — under the concept of rubric gravitational vectoring — to predict high sunspot activity was not just an important verification of astrological principles; it also, because of the well-known effects of such activity on weather conditions, on radio wave propagation, and on other terrestrial events, alerted astrologers to the possibility that astrological forces impacting the solar sphere had an influence on Earth's astrological "atmosphere."

The early solar charts presented a barren appearance: There were no house divisions, no ascendant, no Sun, and, sometimes, no zodiac “because for the tropical zodiac, the first sign always begins at the spring equinox, a notion that has no meaning from a heliocentric viewpoint”.

Earth, which is always 180° away from where the Sun would be in a geocentric chart, is drawn in as a cross-surrounded by a circle “like the symbol for the Part of Fortune, only shifted 45°”.

Because the Sun in traditional astrology represents one's deepest "soul" self, some heliocentric astrologers have proposed that solar horoscopes chart the astrology of the soul.

Heliocentric astrologers began with the principle that the heliocentric viewpoint would supplement rather than supplant the geocentric perspective. This principle paved the way for a newer attitude to heliocentric astrology that represents the heliocentric and the geocentric positions in the same horoscope. These are technically "geo-helio" charts.

Astrologers who use this system claim that including the heliocentric positions is like "finding the missing half of the horoscope."

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